Vladimir Rakov

Distinguished Professor


Email: rakov@ece.ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-4242
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 116130, Gainesville, FL 32611-6130

Office Location

LAR 216-E
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Primary Research Area


Research Interests

Lightning, Atmospheric Electricity, Lightning Protection


Honors and Awards:
  • Distinguished Professor, University of Florida (2022)
  • Honorary Member, International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity (ICAE) (2022)
  • IEEE Richard R. Stoddart Award in Electromagnetic Compatibility (2019)
  • Toshio Takeuti Award, the International Symposium on Winter Lightning (2017)
  • Senior Faculty International Educator of the Year, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering,(2015–2016)
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAP RAS) (2015)
  • IEEE-EMC Richard Schulz Transactions Prize Paper Award Honorable Mention (2015)
  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, JGR Atmospheres (2016)
  • Karl Berger Award, International Conference on Lightning Protection (2012)
  • Best Paper Award, 7th Asia-Pacific International Conference on Lightning, Chengdu, China (2011)
  • Annual Recognition Award, National Lightning Safety Institute (2004)
  • Prize Paper Award, IEEE Power Engineering Society, Surge Protective Devices Committee (2001)
  • UF Research Foundation Professorship (2001–2003, 2007–2009)
  • Outstanding Contribution in Research Award, Southeastern Section Medallion Certificate, American Society for Engineering Education (1999)


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Tomsk Polytechnic, 1983
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Tomsk Polytechnic, 1977